The Application of Reliability Based Design for Earthquake Resistant Communications Structures

by Mark W. Fantozzi, Fantozzi Co Inc, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structural Safety and Reliability

Abstract: Current earthquake design criteria consists of applying equivalent lateral static forces embodied in design codes. The structures designed in conformance with such provisions and principles are expected to withstand a moderate earthquake, such as might occur several times during its life, with only slight damage. It is also expected to be able to withstand a major or severe earthquake without collapse. Recent earthquakes have demonstrated that the existing seismic design requirements, as they have been implemented, are not necessarily adequate to insure continued operation of critical facilities such as hospitals, fire stations and communications facilities. Therefore, there is a need for a reliability approach to seismic resistant design for essential facilities.

Subject Headings: Seismic design | Earthquakes | Load and resistance factor design | Structural reliability | Seismic tests | Health care facilities | Earthquake resistant structures

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